Cleaner Air Oregon Requests Public Input on Advisory Committee Positions

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Cleaner Air Oregon Requests Public Input on Advisory Committee Positions

Deadline for input: 4 p.m., May 27, 2016

As part of Cleaner Air Oregon, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will convene a Regulatory Reform Advisory Committee. This group, informed by public comment, will guide the reform of industrial air toxics regulation. DEQ and OHA welcome public input on how that committee will be created and what roles it will include. There will then be a call for committee member nominations this summer.

Committee Members will reflect the diversity of Oregon backgrounds, experiences, interests and geographic perspectives. DEQ and OHA have identified a starting list of 14 stakeholder groups and are seeking public input on which additional 5-7 stakeholder groups or individuals should be included. DEQ and OHA will use the input received to finalize the list of positions appointed to the advisory committee. To submit comments online please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/deq/RulesandRegulations/Pages/comments/CScleanerair2017.aspx

The Advisory Committee will assist in the rulemaking process by considering policy recommendations that are based on input from the Technical Workgroup (an appointed group made up of science, health and air toxics regulation experts), public policy forums and additional public input. The advisory committee is tentatively scheduled to meet throughout October and November 2016. Its meetings are public, with time specified for public feedback. 

DEQ and OHA will send out the final list of advisory committee seats along with an application to participate on the advisory committee this summer. Please visit cleanerair.oregon.gov for a timeline and more information on the rulemaking process and on the Cleaner Air Oregon initiative. To receive updates, please sign up at: DEQ Govdelivery

Cleaner Air Oregon to Host Webinar on Toxics Regulation

On Thursday, May 26, from noon to 1:30, Cleaner Air Oregon, a new program by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Health Authoritywill hold an interactive webinar to discuss air toxics regulation in Oregon. The webinar invites the people of Oregon to learn about current industrial air toxics regulations, the process for how the state’s regulatory structure can change and where human health risk assessments can inform a new regulatory approach. All members of the community are invited and encouraged to join this conversation, ask questions and provide input about Cleaner Air Oregon, the new program to reform industrial air toxics regulations.

No RSVP is required to attend the event, but more information is available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1118080748214373/.

The webinar will be available to all via the Cleaner Air Oregon website on May 26th at noon:  cleanerair.oregon.gov